I followed the directions of connecting tomtom to computer. It does not show up as a removable storage device. A computer icon does show up on the tomtom map page. What else could I try? This is for tomtom VIA 1535
Have a look at this site, should get you up and running. Good luck.
It looks like your VIA uses MyDrive, which is web-based:
I will try mydrive to upload them.
You're welcome, let us know if it worked...
Trying to upload a file from this site but don't see clear instructions. The POI files in the TomTom folder all have extentions of .tlv but this file is .ov2
What do I need to do as I don't see this file in the TomTom HOME app to upload it from the computer.
careful with your favorites, they are treated like an ov2 file.
Like WAASup said I needed mydrive and had to use the community content. Back in business again.
TomTom changed the file system between the XXL models (parts of the NAV2 series of devices) and the VIA 1535 (part of the NAV3 series of devices), so the means of uploading files to your GPS will be different between these units.
The NAV2 devices use a conventional Windows type of file system and you can either use TomTom's HOME2 tool to manage the files, or can use any Windows file manager, such as Microsoft's Windows Explorer. The GPS will appear to your file manager as just another drive, and the files will be visible just like any other normal file. Many people use TomTom's HOME2 tool to install POI files, but my personal preference is to use a standard file manager just because I can more clearly seewhat is happening, rather than just letting HOME2 do it all "behind the scenes".
Because of a law suit by Microsoft, TomTom changed the file system on NAV3 and later devices so that the GPS now appears to your computer as a network drive, and the files are hidden from view. The files on these devices are now managed by a tool from TomTom, the latest incarnation of which is now called MyDrive. POI files continue to have a *.ov2 file name, but they are shown in the MyDrive tool in a category called "Community content", and you install and remove them via the MyDrive tool.
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Thanks Tom, Once I figured out to click on community content instead of just opening MyDrive it made sense. I could see the files that were on my device. Click on "Add Poi" and it was just like using any other file system. Browse for the file and install.
Is there a reason that any of these files are not available to download to my device from TomTom using their HOME2 PC application? Is it a difficult process to have them available there? I see all kinds of random POI on there which are similar, if not identical, to those on this site. Sorry, I'm new to this POI business outside of TomTom. Thank you.
sometimes had to reinstall mydrive after computer does update.
I believe that you are asking why the POI files on this web site are not available for HOME2 to download from TomTom's own web site. The answer to that is that the files here are created by people other than TomTom, so they are not the property of TomTom.
Even if people here were to grant TomTom the right to post these files, TomTom would almost certainly refuse to do so because of concern about potential lawsuits if any errors were present - and it is almost impossible to create hundreds of POI files without some errors occurring.
If that is not what you were asking, I apologize for a useless answer.
replying to CoburgPball
the .tlv file is a descriptor created when you download from tomtom home, used for relating updated versions somehow. appears to be a leftover from older application versions where you subscribed to poi.
the .ov2 and .bmp files for the poi are inside your map folder
copy the .ov2 and .bmp files from other sources to the map folder with explorer
there will not be a .tlv file inside the POI folder for these poi, they will work.
you can delete the .tlv files from the POI folder, they will still work
there are hundreds of poi files on tomtom home. poidb. poiplaza. (and here) created by AlmostBob, for USA Canada and Australia,
There is more than one AlmostBob
TomTom take no responsibility for the content of user created poi files,
there are full instructions for manual creation of poi at the bottom of tomtom home add poi page.
It only takes a slightly modified tomtom application to create poi groups while you drive.
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